The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival invites you to join us in a week-long celebration of Shakespeare and the arts
May 18-24, 2020
including live performances of Shakespearean scenes, sonnets, and monologues, live early modern music, Shakespeare film screenings, workshops for youth, and a wide array of community outreach events.
All programs are “Free Will” donation.
Come celebrate with us! 
About Us


The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to engage, connect, and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education.


SDSF’s 2019 season is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, South Dakota Humanities Council, South Dakota Arts Council, City of Vermillion, Vermillion Area Chamber & Development Company, United Way of Vermillion, and the University of South Dakota.




Brian Smallwood Hired as Director of Operations and Production

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Smallwood as Director of Operations and Production (DOP). The DOP oversees the planning of the production process in collaboration with the Executive Artistic Director and Production Director.

Smallwood has project managed as a Technical Director and Production Manager for dozens of Off and Off-Off Broadway companies. He co-founded a production company called No Time for Love Productions, with clients like the Ma-Yi Theater Company, New York Musical Festival, New York Photo Festival, and Second Stage. He graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 2013 with an MFA in Technical Design and Production.

Smallwood is currently an Associate Professor and Production Manager for James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance. His research interests include structural engineering for production and increasing productivity through employee wellness. In his role as DOP, Smallwood will work in Vermillion during rehearsal and production, and remotely the rest of the year.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival strives to make our programs accessible to everyone.

For more information, questions, or to request accommodations, please contact us at (605) 622-0423, or

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